Tropical Storm Don roared to life last week, making as much noise for its wind speed as its name.
Hurricane Hilary was named in the Pacific on Saturday.
It was just a coincidence. Neither has anything to do with presidential politics. Find out why below.
Hurricanes get monikers based on their basin, and names that are familiar in the region.
Hurricane names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization and are usually common names associated with the ethnicity of the basin that would be affected by the storms.
“For example, in the Atlantic basin, the majority of storms have English names, but there are also a number of Hispanic-origin names as well as a few French names,” said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen during an interview about 2015’s Hurricane Henri. “For the eastern North Pacific basin, the majority of names are of Hispanic origin, as the impacted countries are Mexico, Guatemala, and other nations of Central America.”
There are six lists in rotation, which are maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization.
The Pacific has a different list of names.